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“How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

People are quirky, unpredictable, emotional, and often cannot be relied upon. Governed by the environment within which they live, knowledge accumulated over years of learning, whether formal or through personal endeavor, and simply interacting with others, an individual is a complex matrix of what means to be human. Above all things, people are self-centered, always… Continue reading “How to Make Your Characters Believable” by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Avoid the Slush Pile” by Stefan Vucak

First of all, what is a slush pile? Well, in the golden days of publishing, it used to be a large waste bin next to the submission editor’s desk where he would heave your cherished book, probably without even reading the first page. Today, it’s likely to be the delete button on his e-mail Inbox.… Continue reading “How to Avoid the Slush Pile” by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Play the Literary Agent Game” ~ by Stefan Vucak

Every author longs to see his name in print, published by a major publishing house, readers queuing in bookstores waiting to snap up his book. A nice dream, all right. I’ve had a few myself and makes me continue to write. I haven’t made it yet, but tomorrow is a new day. However, for many… Continue reading “How to Play the Literary Agent Game” ~ by Stefan Vucak

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“Science Fiction is Also Literary Writing!” ~ by Stefan Vucak

When someone starts talking about literature, the image that comes to mind is one of old, musty books written by guys such as Balzac, Turgenjev and Dostojevski, to name but a few in that pantheon. It also conjures, or should I say dredges up, memories of dull, boring books that school systems everywhere force on… Continue reading “Science Fiction is Also Literary Writing!” ~ by Stefan Vucak

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“Point of View and Head Hopping” ~ Stefan Vucak

Everybody is getting excited these days about head hopping in writing, and everybody is telling you how that kills a story. Perhaps, and then perhaps not. For inexperienced writers, it can be a trap, but if you know what you are doing, it can enhance your writing, making it more vibrant and powerful. I am… Continue reading “Point of View and Head Hopping” ~ Stefan Vucak

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“Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers” – by Stefan Vucak

So, you want to be a writer, eh? I’d suggest you take up golf instead. It’s just as frustrating, but at least you get some fresh air. Still determined? I’m not going to talk about why you want to write. That’s a story in itself. You have read widely and perhaps dabbled at writing some… Continue reading “Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction Writers” – by Stefan Vucak

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“Author Tools – Editing” – by Stefan Vucak

This is how it goes. The plot thickens and the characters unravel, nights are spent over the computer pounding out the words, the final page is written at last, a spell check is done and with relief, the novel is sent to a publisher! Sounds familiar? It should be, judging by the works now being… Continue reading “Author Tools – Editing” – by Stefan Vucak

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“Choosing a Publisher or Self-Publishing” by Stefan Vucak

Not long ago, there were only two mainstream outlets for any writer, whether aspiring or already published: traditional and e-book publishing. The rules were set for both and we all knew where we stood…more or less. Every writer wants to see his name in print and share with others his achievement, and perhaps along the… Continue reading “Choosing a Publisher or Self-Publishing” by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Research Before Writing that Book” by Stefan Vucak

  If  you haven’t grasped it yet, everything you write needs to be  researched!   At  first glance, that’s a pretty sweeping statement. Regardless of topic or genre,  an idea for a story involves, well, the story. Then come the characters, the  locale, behavioral mannerisms…you get the idea. Before you start writing, you  must get… Continue reading “How to Research Before Writing that Book” by Stefan Vucak

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“How to Avoid the Rejection Blues” – by Stefan Vucak

We’ve all been there. That opus you’ve been slaving over for months, sometimes many, many months, is finally finished and it’s been edited to death. At least it should have been. With a satisfied smile and a deserved cup of coffee, or perhaps something stronger, you start sending out query emails to eBook publishers, and maybe to some traditional… Continue reading “How to Avoid the Rejection Blues” – by Stefan Vucak

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“The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

Bright sunshine has flooded the landscape with light and shifting shadows as the wind whips branches into restless frenzy. A thin tendril of steam is rising from my cup of coffee and I gaze at it momentarily, captivated by the patterns it makes. I am staring at the computer screen, at the paragraphs running into… Continue reading “The Drive to Write…” – by Stefan Vucak

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“Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak

You are sitting at your writing desk, chewing the end of that pen, staring at the notebook wondering what the hell to do next. The words just don’t want to come and your mind is a blank slate. Then again, you might be doing this staring at a computer screen. It doesn’t really matter which;… Continue reading “Beware the Procrastination Demons” by Stefan Vucak